Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A homopterous insect of the family Cicadidæ; a lyerman.

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Examples

  • She had captured a cicada or harvest-fly, and, after bruising it awhile on the ground, flew with it to a tree and placed it in the beak of the young bird.

    Bird Stories from Burroughs Sketches of Bird Life Taken from the Works of John Burroughs

  • She had captured a cicada or harvest-fly, and after bruising it a while on the ground flew with it to a tree and placed it in the beak of the young bird.

    Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and Other Papers

  • I withdrew a little, when he quickly alighted upon one of the mounds of earth, and I saw him carrying into his den no less an insect than the cicada or harvest-fly.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • The great sand-hornet selects for its most frequent victim the buzzing cicada, or harvest-fly, an insect much larger than itself, and which it carries off to its long sand tunnels by short flights from successive elevated points, such as the limbs of trees and summits of rocks, to which it repeatedly lugs its clumsy prey.

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  • This little thorn-like tree-hopper and all of its queer harlequin tribe are near relatives to the buzzing cicada, or harvest-fly, whose whizzing din in the dog-days has won it the popular misnomer of "locust."

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